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Annual to tree. Leaf: basal and/or cauline, alternate, opposite, rarely whorled, simple to 2+ × compound. Inflorescence: 1° inflorescence a head, resembling a flower, of several types (see below), 1–many in generally ± cyme-like cluster; each head generally with ± calyx-like involucre of 1–many series of phyllaries (involucral bracts); receptacle of head flat to conic or columnar, paleate (bearing paleae = receptacle bracts) or epaleate; flowers 1–many per head. Flower: bisexual, unisexual, or sterile, ± small, of several types (see below); calyx 0 or modified into ± persistent pappus of bristles, scales, and/or awns; corolla radial or bilateral (0), lobes generally (0)3–5; stamens 4–5, filaments generally free, generally fused to corolla at tube/throat junction, anthers generally fused into cylinder around style, anther base generally rounded or cordate (deeply sagittate or with tail-like appendages), tip (= flattened appendage) generally projecting beyond pollen sac; pistil 1, 2-carpeled, ovary inferior, 1-chambered, 1-seeded, placenta basal, style 1, tip generally ± 2-branched (except in some staminate disk flowers), branch tips truncate or generally bearing ± brush-like appendages; stigmas 2, generally on adaxial faces of style branches. Fruit: achene (also called a cypsela) (drupe in Chrysanthemoides), cylindric to ovoid, sometimes compressed, generally deciduous with pappus attached.
± 1500 genera, 23000 species: worldwide, many habitats. Flower and head types differ in form and sexual condition. A disk flower has a generally radial corolla, with a cylindric tube, expanded throat, and generally 5 lobes. Disk flowers are generally bisexual and fertile but occasionally staminate with reduced ovaries. Discoid heads comprise only disk flowers. A radiant head is a variant of a discoid head, with peripheral disk flower corollas expanded, often bilateral. A ray flower corolla is bilateral, generally with a slender tube and flattened petal-like ray (single lip composed of generally 3 lobes). Ray flowers are generally pistillate or sterile (occasionally lacking styles). Radiate heads have peripheral ray flowers and central disk flowers. Disciform heads superficially resemble discoid heads, with pistillate or sterile flowers that lack rays, together with or separate from disk flowers. A ligulate flower is bisexual, with a bilateral, generally ephemeral corolla and 5-lobed ligule. Liguliflorous heads comprise only ligulate flowers. See glossary p. 31 for illustrations of family characteristics. Echinops sphaerocephalus L., Gaillardia aristata Pursh, Gaillardia pulchella Foug., Hymenothrix loomisii S.F. Blake, Tagetes erecta L., Thelesperma megapotamicum (Spreng.) Kuntze are waifs. Melampodium perfoliatum Kunth, historic urban waif. Ageratum conyzoides L., Guizotia abyssinica (L. f.) Cass., Santolina chamaecyparisus L., orth. var. are rare or uncommon escapes from cultivation. Dyssodia papposa, Ismelia carinata (Schousb.) Sch. Bip. [Chrysanthemum carinatum Schousb.], Mantisalca salmantica (L.) Briq. & Cavill. are historical or extirpated waifs in California. Inula helenium L. not documented in California. Taxa of Aster in TJM (1993) treated here in Almutaster, Eucephalus, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oreostemma, Sericocarpus, Symphyotrichum; Chamomilla in Matricaria; Cnicus in Centaurea; Conyza in Erigeron and Laennecia; Dugaldia in Hymenoxys; Erechtites in Senecio; Hymenoclea in Ambrosia; Lembertia in Monolopia; Osteospermum ecklonis in Dimorphotheca; Picris echioides in Helminthotheca; Prionopsis in Grindelia; Raillardiopsis in Anisocarpus and Carlquistia; Schkuhria multiflora in Bahia; Trimorpha in Erigeron; Venidium in Arctotis; Whitneya in Arnica. Taxa of Arida in TJM2 treated here in Leucosyris. —Scientific Editors: David J. Keil, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Unabridged note: Largest family of vascular plants in California and of eudicots globally.
Key to Asteraceae
Annual to shrub. Stem: slender to stout and fleshy. Leaf: simple or 1–3-pinnately dissected into linear or narrowly oblanceolate lobes, basal and/or cauline, alternate, sessile or petioled, often ± fleshy. Inflorescence: heads radiate, 1 or in few- to many-headed cyme-like clusters; peduncle ± long; involucre hemispheric or bell-shaped; phyllaries in 2 series, outer ± spreading, thick, green, ± fleshy, inner thin, membranous; receptacle flat to rounded, paleate; palea flat, scarious. Ray flower: 5–20; ray yellow, showy. Disk flower: 10–150+; corolla yellow to orange; style tips truncate or deltoid. Fruit: ray and disk fruits alike or different, generally compressed front-to-back, winged; pappus 0 or of 2 scales.Key to Leptosyne
8 species: southwestern United States; northern Baja California. (Greek: slenderness, perhaps describing the narrow leaf lobes) [Mort et al. 2004 Syst Bot 29:781–789; Strother 2006 FNANM 21:185–198] Formerly in (polyphyletic) Coreopsis.
Unabridged note: Leptosyne species form a monophyletic group that is not closely related to the clade containing the type sp. of Coreopsis.
Annual 5–30 cm, glabrous. Stem: 1–few, erect. Leaf: basal and alternate on proximal stem; petiole 1–5 cm; blade 0.5–5 cm, 1–2-pinnate, lobes 1–3 mm wide, narrowly oblanceolate, ± flat, terminal often widest. Inflorescence: ± scapose, head 1; involucre widely cylindric, base rounded; outer phyllaries 4–8, 3–10 mm, linear or narrowly oblanceolate, green or ± red; inner phyllaries 5–10, 5–10 mm, ovate, acute, narrowly scarious-margined; palea 5–6 mm, lanceolate, free from disk fruit. Ray flower: 5–8; ray 5–8 mm, ovate. Disk flower: 10–40; corolla 2.5–4 mm. Fruit: ray and disk fruits alike, 2.5–5 mm, obovate, flat, dark brown, smooth, not shiny, glabrous or hairs few, short; wing ± yellow; pappus 0 or awns 1–2, < 1 mm.
2n=24. Grassy slopes; < 900 m. Inner North Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Great Central Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, n Inner South Coast Ranges. [Coreopsis stillmanii (A. Gray) S.F. Blake] Mar–May [Online Interchange]
Previous taxon: Leptosyne maritima
Next taxon: Lessingia
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Jul 28 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Leptosyne, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=30649, accessed on Jul 28 2014
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